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BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF STELLENBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019
“Power and precision combine in stellar 2019. Ripe black cherry fruit with lifted perfume notes … fine integrated tannins and fresh, lithe appeal. 75% new French oak adds to muscular richness completing very fine wine.” – Platter’s, 97pts
While the jury is out as to which South African wine award, wine competition or wine show is the most prestigious, in recent years the SA wine awards which have received the most recognition both within and outside of the wine industry include:
- Tim Atkin MW’s SA Wine Report
- Platter’s Wine Guide
- Veritas Awards
- Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards
- Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
- Winemag Prescient Reports
Most wine award shows or competitions are judged by a wine tasting panel of certified wine judges, but some, like Tim Atkin MW’s annual SA Wine Report, are based on the ratings of a respective individual wine critic.
Many consumers and critics alike are of the opinion that the best wines in South Africa are those produced by historic wine estates like Kanonkop, as well as New Wave wine producers like The Sadie Family Wines, Alheit Vineyards, Porseleinberg and Crystallum. While we agree that the Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Sadie Family Wines Columella, Porseleinberg Syrah and Crystallum Cuvée Cinema are excellent contenders for the best wine in South Africa, at CyberCellar we reckon the best wine is the one in your glass!
Most wine ratings, competitions and awards make use of a 100-point scale, or rank wines with awards classified as Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. On the 100-point scale, a wine score above 90 points is considered excellent, while the best wines are those rank 95 points or higher. Platter’s Wine Guide rates wines out of 5 stars. A Platter’s 5-star rating is considered to be equivalent to 95 points or higher.
South Africa is famous as the birthplace of Pinotage, a crossing between Cinsault and Pinot Noir that was first cultivated in Stellenbosch in 1925 by professor Abraham Perold. While Pinotage was first grown in SA, it is now cultivated in wine regions in other parts of the world. South Africa still has the largest plantings of Pinotage and awarded examples include the Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage, Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage and Beeslaar Pinotage.
South Africa is known for many types of wines, particularly those made from SA’s most planted grape variety Chenin Blanc, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Syrah and Bordeaux Blends that often include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Increasingly, South African vineyards are known for their diverse microclimates and terroirs, as well as for producing some of the best value-for-money wines in the world. Buy South African wine online now at CyberCellar.com.
What is the best wine in South Africa? It depends on who you ask. According to respected international wine critic Tim Atkin MW, the best wine in South Africa 2021 was the Sadie Family Wines Columella 2019 from the Swartland which was awarded the highest score of 100 points. In 2020, the 100 point wines were the Porseleinberg Syrah 2018 and Sadie Family Wines Skurfberg 2019. The first red wine to receive a 100-point score from Tim Atkin MW was The Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015, a red blend which was grown and produced in the famous Cape Winelands region of Stellenbosch.
Every year Platter’s Wine Guide rates most of the wines in South Africa out of 5 stars. According to Platter’s 2022, the best wines in South Africa for 2022 are:
- Cabernet Franc: Jordan Wine Estate Insiders Wine Club Private Collection 2019
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Boekenhoutskloof Winery Stellenbosch 2019
- Cinsault: Savage Wines Follow The Line 2020
- Grenache Noir: ArtiSons The Phantom 2019
- Merlot: Shannon Vineyards The Shannon Black 2017
- Petit Verdot: Thelema Mountain Vineyards Sutherland Reserve 2019
- Pinotage: False Bay Vineyards The Last Of The First 2020
- Pinot Noir: Oak Valley Estate South Ridge PN 777 2018
- Shiraz/Syrah: Boschkloof Wines Epilogue 2019
- Tinta Barocca: Sadie Family Wines Treinspoor 2020
- Red Blends, Cape Bordeaux: Spier Frans K. Smit CWG Auction Selection 2018
- Red Blends, with Pinotage: Beyerskloof Faith 2017
- Red Blends, Shiraz/Syrah-based: Sadie Family Wines Columella 2019
- Red Blends, Other: Marianne Wine Estate Floréal 2018
- Chardonnay: Creation Wines The Art of Chardonnay 2020
- Chenin Blanc: Sadie Family Wines Mev. Kirsten 2020
- Colombard: Naudé Wines Langpad 2021
- Grenache Blanc: Rall Wines 2020
- Sauvignon Blanc: Buitenverwachting Hussey’s Vlei 2020
- Semillon: Anthonij Rupert Wyne Laing Groendruif 2020
- White Blends, Cape Bordeaux: Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2020
- White Blends, Other: Mullineux Old Vines White 2020
- Méthode Cap Classique: Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2015
- Dessert Wine, Fortified: Orange River Cellars Omstaan Wit Muskadel NV
- Natural Sweet: Klein Constantia Estate Vin de Constance 2017
- Noble Late Harvest: Boekenhoutskloof Winery 2018
- Vin de Paille/Straw Wine: Savage Wines Not Tonight Josephine 2020
- Port-style: KWV Wines Cape Tawny NV
Other top wine prizes in South Africa are awarded by wine tasting panels for Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Winemag Prescient Reports. South African wineries submit their top wines for consideration by these prestigious awards shows. Many wine estates also submit their wines to international awards like Decanter, IWSC and IWC. South African wines are considered among the best in the world. Get the best South African wines online in Cape Town, Johannesburg and throughout SA from CyberCellar.com.